Welles “Al” Brown, 70,
Mr. Welles “Al” Brown, 70, of 143 Deer Run Lane, Lacey St., Laceyville, passed away at his home in Braintrim Twp., Wyoming Co., early Sunday morning, Aug. 21, 2011, surrounded by his family after a short illness.
Born on May 29, 1941 in Canton, he was the son of the late Wallace and Doris Brown. After moving and residing in Clarks Summit during his childhood, he graduated from the Abington Heights High School, Class of 1959. He would later attend the Keystone Junior College and Penn State Extension for Architectural Design and Drafting. He moved to Laceyville in 1963 and on Nov. 16, 1963, he married the former Gladys Lacey.
Al had several interests in his life at which he excelled. He designed and built some of the area’s finest homes, and his construction company, Al Brown Construction, was known for his high-quality craftsmanship. Although he had not performed in several years, he was a well-known singer and musician and played for many functions, including at many clubs and wedding receptions, with several area musicians including his son, Kris, throughout northeast PA. He performed for former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh and U.S. Congressman Joe McDade.
He was also an avid bowler and was an original member of Voda’s Garage Team that won many league titles in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His record three-game score of 729 stood for 22 years before it was broken at the Wyalusing Mountainside Lanes. He won many American Bowling Congress awards over the years.
He was a member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion in Black Walnut and the Towanda Elks Club.
In 1991 he restored a 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner to honor the last season of racing great, Richard Petty. The car made appearances at Pocono Raceway where the car was personally autographed by Richard Petty. The car also made appearances at the Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 16, 1992, which was Richard’s last race at that speedway. The car has won multiple car show awards and was involved at many special events and parades throughout the area over the years.
He was loved by all of his friends, neighbors and his family, which includes his wife of 47 years, the former Gladys Lacey of Laceyville; his children, Curtis Merrick of Laceyville, Cynthia and her husband, Tom Tesluk of Kent, WA, Robin and her husband, Bill Pickett of Laceyville, Kris Brown of Cornelius, NC and Kurt and his wife, Karen Brown of Lititz. Al was also the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Preston and his wife, Illa Brown of Alexandria, VA; a sister, Bonnie Brown of Millis, MA; a brother-in-law, Richard and his wife, Marion Lacey of Rome and one niece and several cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson-in-law, Pennsylvania State Trooper Joshua Miller, who was killed in the line of duty on June 7, 2009.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Pat Newhart, a long-time family friend, officiating. Interment was in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, Aug. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Al to the Rought Hall Post # 510 American Legion, SR 6W, Laceyville, PA 18623 or to the Wyoming County Cancer Society, SR 6W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.